Thank you for visiting our website!

Here you will find information concerning our church and its ministries. We hope you find your time spent here a blessing. Our church is a warm and loving church, and we want you to feel comfortable and at liberty to call on us for anything you need. Feel free to browse through the various areas of our website and learn about our fellowship.

If you are considering a new place of worship or a relocation to our area, we would love to have you be our guest.

When you visit our church, you will find:

  • A caring congregation that will gladly welcome you
  • Preaching/teaching that is centered on the Word of God
  • Ministries to meet the spiritual needs of every age


In His Care,
The Members of St. James



Site Under Construction!

If you are a visitor to our page - we are so pleased to have you visit us!! You can view our calendar and announcements to see the activites taking place within our congregation.

We are in the process of updating our wesite (all of our Ministries pages with current events, team pictures and event pictures, our staff profiles, etc.) so please be patient with us and check back often for any changes! You are welcome to view them now, but please keep in mind that most of our photos are dated. We are a work-in-progress!!

Thank you so much for stopping by. We hope you are able to come by and see us in person!

Have a blessed day!

Prayer Requests

If you have a prayer request during regular church office hours (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., M-F), please call the church office at 765-662-3092 and the request will be shared. If there is a prayer request need after church office hours, please call Jerry Whitton at 765-667-9991. He will share the request with everyone. If you would like to be included on the email list, please provide the church office with your email address.

A Prayer for Thanksgiving

Loving God,

We turn our hearts to you on this day

for giving thanks, mindful of your many gifts.

For each one, we are grateful.

For each one, we are blessed.

For each one, we are opened to the

abundance of your love.

May this Thanksgiving Day offer a reminder

to be generous with others, as you are with us.

We praise You.

We rejoice in You.

We give you thanks.


Copyright 2013 William H. Sadlier, Inc. All rights reserved.


Mid-Week Worship Service

Please note that starting September 7, 2017, our Thursday night service will begin at 7:30 p.m. This is a change from the summer when it was held at 7:00 p.m. This will also be the new time for our Advent and Lenten services.

1st Annual Christmas Nativity Walk

We are embarking on a BIG endeavor to bring the Good News of Jesus to our community by supporting a Christmas Nativity Walk which will be held on Friday  & Saturday, December 1st & 2nd, from 4 - 8:00 p.m and Sunday, December 3rd, from 2 - 4:00 p.m. 

This event will be held at St. James Lutheran Church (1206 N. Miller Avenue, Marion) and is FREE and open to the public.

Tour guides will lead guests through eight stations, each explaining different facets of the Nativity.

Upon arriving at St. James, visitors will be asked to complete a "census" form and will receive information about the census underway in Bethlehem. Before their tour begins, they will have opportunities to see brief dramas, join in singing carols, learn about our Chrismon trees, and kids can visit an activity table.

We hope to be able to bring alive the Good News of Jesus to many people of Marion and the surrounding areas this Christmas season. May this December be a true celebration of Christ our Risen King!

If you would like more information, please call the church office at 765-662-3092.

Mitten Line

The Mitten Line is up and all donations this year will be going to the Rescue Mission. While men's gloves are most needed, some ladies and children's mittens will also be put to good use. The Mitten Line will be up until December 10th.

Women's Ministry Christmas Brunch

This will be held at the Hostess House on Saturday, December 2nd at 10:00 a.m. Our entertainment for the day will be Master's Own. The Hostess House Gift Shop will be open if you would like to purchase or just browse.

Please bring a wrapped Christmas ornament. Price range for the ornament is $5 - $8. Sign-up starts on November 5th. $15 must be paid when you sign up. The last day to sign up will be November 26th.

Ladies Bible Study!

The Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Study (Interdenominational Study Group) is held every Tuesday morning at 9:15 a.m. This study is operated by an independent organization and is not affiliated with St. James Lutheran Church, which serves only as a host to the study itself. Any questions regarding this Bible Study should be directed to Jackie Carl, Administrator @ 765-662-8078 or Naomi Shook, Director @ 765-384-5265. Thank you! Hope to see you there!

Choir Practice

Mark your calendars!! Choir practice will be held on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.  New voices welcome!

Kids Hope USA

Summer is almost over and a new school year is under way. There is a huge need at Kendall for more mentors. It takes very little of your time, and the blessings you receive are far greater than the time put in. Training takes about 3 hours and you meet with your student for 1 hour a week for about 25 weeks. That's just a little more than 1 DAY out of 365 days. Please prayerfully consider joining our KIDS HOPE program as a mentor. For several months there has been information regarding a plan to help support and encourage the staff at Kendall. Sign up sheets are at the Welcome Station. Please consider volunttering to help us in this endeavor. It will take more than just our present group of KIDS HOPE volunteers to accomplish this. A Prayer Walk is being planned at Kendall. Further information will come when a date and time is set.

Ministry Outreach Opportunity

Andrew Sprock, the director of CIRCLES, a program in Marion that is designed to assist families in poverty learn how to break that cycle, needs groups or individuals to prepare a meal once per quarter to feed those that attend the groupo meeting. In the summer, this would be about 30 people; in the fall and winter, about 50. These meals could be prepared in advance of the 6:00 p.m. meal or could be cooked in the full kitchen where the meetings take place, at the New life Community Church on 10th street. Andrew also asks that table service and drinks be provided.

We have many active groups that do many and varied ministries at St. James, such as JAM, the Youth, Forever Young, the Women's Ministry and many Men's Ministries. If this is something that your group would want to be involved in, even once, please contact Linda Wilk. Andrew also extended the invitation to stay for the program.

Friendship Call Ministry

Below is a list of those that could use a visit, card or phone call:

  • Louis Schwan, VA Hospital, 1700 E. 38th Street, Marion, IN 46953
  • Penny Schroder, 1109 E. Marshall Street, Marion, IN 46953, (phone) 662-2727
  • Byron Ponte, Wesleyan Health Care Center, 729 W. 35th Street, Marion, IN  46953
  • Jean Titus, Rolling Meadows Health & Rehab, 604 Rennaker St., LaFountaine, IN  46940
  • Mel Aldridge,  612 W. 12th Street, Apt 210, Marion, IN  46953

Please contact the church office if there are any additions to this list.

Lutherans for Life

The mission of the Lutherans for Life is "Equipping Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices for life". We want Lutherans to be educated about Life Issues and how God wants us to respond when our modern culture decreases the value of Life. Lutherans for Life supports a culture of Life; all human life is precious. June was membership renewal month. For individuals who are members, we hope you sent your renewal letter. For those who wish to become members, please pick up a membership brochure at the Welcome Station. Membership includes the quarterly publication "Life Date" and part of your donation supports our local Life Chapter. For more information check out our website at www.lutheransforlife.org.

Pregnancy Help Center

The Pregnancy Help Center in downtown Marion offers a variety of free services to families of Grant County. Some of the services offered include: Pregnancy tests, One-on-One mentoring, Sexual Integrity, Earn-While-You-Learn, post-abortion Bible Study, and (men only) The Journey Ahead. Katie Willman has taken the role of CEO at the Help Center. Information and brochures are located on the tract rack in the Church narthex. The Help Center's website is: www.mypregnancyhelpcenter.org and their number is 765-664-4467.

LWML Mite Boxes

An ongoing ministry at the Welcome Center is our LWML (Lutheran Women's Missionary League) cross filled with Mite Boxes. Simply take a mite box home, fill it with coinage and return it to the cross. The money is used for world-wide misstions of the LWML.

Margo's Blankets

If you know of anyone who has a serious illness, has lost a loved one, or just needs some special warmth, The Women's Ministry team would like to gift them with one of our handmade blankets. Please contact Pat Bligh at 765-573-4133 if you know of someone who would like a warm blanket.

Families Helping Families

Our Families Helping Families Ministry Team is seeking everyone's help to let us know when someone from the St. James family is facing surgery or confined at home with an extended medical problem.

Our Ministry will bring them a main food dish, along with our prayers for a speedy recovery. Elda Ivey is the coordinator. Please phone her at 765-674-6582 if you know of someone facing a need.

We welcome new cooks; to add your name, please contact Elda.

Food Barrel

The blue food barrel that is located in the church narthex has been empited for the fourth time since the beginning of this year. The contents of this fourth barrel were taken over to the Salvation Army food pantry. Please continue to "feed" our barrel by picking up a few extra food items when you go shopping. Cereal, peanut butter and toilet paper are sought after items. Thank you for helping to fill the hunger needs of others.

  November 2017  
Upcoming Events


NO Youth Event
Happy Thanksgiving!!
Christ the King Sunday
Last Sunday of the Church Year.

Bible Readings: Psalm 95:1-7a; Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Matthew 25:31-46.
Sunday Worship
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM


Community Men's Breakfast
7:30 AM
Meet at IHOP. Speakers are brought in for topics, as well as for a time of prayer.
J.A.M. (Jesus And Me)
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Scavenger Hunt


Men's Bible Study / Lunch
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


Live Christmas Nativity Walk
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Women's Ministry Christmas Party
10:00 AM
This will take place at the Hostess House.
Live Christmas Nativity Walk
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bible Search
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